Spooktacular Fiction


Why do we all love scary stories? Perhaps it’s because even though we are reading something frightening, we are also aware that we are safe in that moment. Neil Gaiman the author of Coraline explains it well when he says;

“Fear is a wonderful thing in small doses. You ride the ghost train into the darkness knowing that eventually the doors will open and you will step out into the daylight once again.”

Perhaps it’s that most spooky stories contain a mystery and so they leave room for our imaginations to expand. The best of them will not show you the action directly but hint at the possibilities.  Below is a list of some of our favourite spooktacular books:

Junior Fiction Senior Fiction
Title Author Title Author
Leaving Poppy Cann, Kate Wake McMann, Lisa
The graveyard book Gaiman, Neil The rare : solace & grief Meadows, Foz
The den of shadows quartet Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia The hunting ground McNish, Cliff
Jessica’s guide to dating on the dark side Fantaskey, Beth Insatiable Cabot, Meg
Haunting Violet Harvey, Alyxandra The diviners Bray, Libba
Dark warning Fitzpatrick, Marie-Louise Hindsight Casey, Melanie
Coraline Gaiman, Neil
Chris Riddell
Blood of Eden Kagawa, Julie
Unmarked Garcia, Kami The word ghost Paice, Christine
Ghost house Adornetto, Alexandra The oversight Fletcher, Charlie
The witch’s daughter Brackston, Paula The hunt Fukuda, Andrew
The spook’s apprentice Delaney, Joseph The coldest girl in Coldtown Black, Holly
Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children Riggs, Ransom Valentine McAlister, Jodi

Your challenge : share a spooky knock knock joke with us in the comments section.

Knock Knock!
Who’s there?
Ice Cream.
Ice cream who?
Ice cream every time I see a ghost!

Would you rather be a Princess or a Queen?


At lunchtime this Friday, October the 19th, we are hosting a craft activity in the library called “Queen of Hearts” where students from Year 7 – 9, will be making their own heart brooches. If you would like to participate you can sign up at the front counter or respond to the email you were sent.

The original “Queen of Hearts” was made famous by Lewis Carroll in “Alice in Wonderland.” You may remember Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of her in the most recent film adaption.

So would you rather be a queen or a princess? Let’s compare them and their roles in literature. To begin with the most obvious, there are those novels that describe historic queens, such as Philippa Gregory’s Tudor Court series. These women certainly lived turbulent and sometimes dangerous lives!

Historical events can inspire fantasy writers as well. George R. R. Martin is said to have based his characters on nobles involved in the War of the Roses. What seems to define queens, historical or otherwise, is that they wield power and must sometimes be brutal to survive political upheaval.

Princesses on the other hand, are often portrayed in a more sympathetic light as rightful heirs coming into their power or marrying into it.  Just think of the old fairy tale dynamics of the wicked queen vs the young and virtuous princess. Perhaps because of this strong link to fairy tales most of the books we have on this theme are fantasy or dystopian novels.

Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner Numair chronicles by Tamora Pierce
The circle opens by Tamora Pierce Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
The Iron fey by Julie Kagawa The princess diaries by Meg Cabot
The Kanin chronicles by Amanda Hocking Red queen by Victoria Aveyard
The legacy trilogy by Cayla Kluver The selection by Kiera Cass
The looking glass wars by Frank Beddor Tearling by Erika Johansen
The lunar chronicles by Marissa Meyer Throne of glass by Sarah J Maas
Medoran chronicles by Lynette Noni The white rabbit chronicles by Gena Showalter